Calendar of Events

JASNA Cen Cal events are often a combination of Book Discussions, Community Talks, and Social Events. 

Our events are currently postponed until we can safely reconvene. Please watch your email for announcements of events – live or virtual – in the coming weeks and months.

Meeting and Book Discussion on “Sense and Sensibility”
Saturday, February 1, 2010. 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location TBA.
Free and open to the public.

Meeting and Book Discussion on “Selections from the Juvenilia”
POSTPONED (originally scheduled for Saturday May 30)

Selections covered: (Approximately 100 pages)
  • The History of England – Vol II
  • Henry and Eliza – Vol I
  • The Beautiful Cassandra – Vol I
  • The Visit – Vol I
  • A Letter from a Young Lady – Vol II
  • Love and Freindship – Vol II
  • The Adventures of Mr. Harley – Vol I
  • Sir William Montague – Vol I
  • Memoirs of Mr. Clifford – Vol I
July 18 – Waking Jane Austen: A Celebration of Life on the Day of Austen’s Death. Our alternative to the Jane Austen Birthday Party in December.
  • A midsummer social gathering to honor the date of Austen’s death! We will take turns discussing our favorite deceased fathers and mothers, the characters who are always on the brink of decrepitude, and the ones who seem oddly fascinated with death. Then we’ll toast Austen with a friendly “best Austen eulogy” contest. Costumes of the era at this event will be admired but not required.
October 10 – Walking Party in Woodward Park.
  • An autumnal social gathering and a biannual tradition with JASNA Central California. Join the Jane Austen Society in Woodward Park for a weekend picnic, bring your own lunch, peas to feed the ducks, and then stroll with us in the beautiful Shinzen Gardens. We will have a taste of outdoor pleasures, such as Austen often enjoyed. Costumes of the era will be admired but not required.
November 21 – Discussion of “Persuasion”



“You can Get a Parasol at Whitby’s”: Circulating Libraries in Jane Austen’s Time.

Saturday, January 19, 2019. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Illustrated presentation and discussion by JASNA President Claire Bellanti
Woodward Park Library, Fresno. Free and open to the public.
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Meeting and Book Discussion on Emma

March 23, 2019 at 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Woodward Park Regional Library, Fresno. Free and open to the public.


March 21 – 30. “Emma” plays at Fresno Pacific Theater Arts. Directed by member Brooke Aiello.  More information:

An Exploration of the Regency Wardrobe with Brooke Aiello + JASNA Book Swap.

WHEN: Saturday, June 15th. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: Betty Rodriguez Library Meeting Room.
COST: Free and open to the public.

“Pride and Pop-culture”: Looking For Mr. Darcy in Mass Media

Saturday, October 12. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Illustrated presentation and discussion by Bianca Hernandez, co-creator of “Drunk Austen
Location: TBA. Free and open to the public.

This program seeks to discuss Mr. Darcy in pop-culture, starting with the novel itself, charting a course through movies, television and more to highlight the odd legacy that has developed around Jane Austen’s beloved hero.  Followed by a general group discussion of the character of Mr. Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice” and throughout pop-culture. 


JASNA Annual General Meeting

October 4 – 6, 2019. Williamsburg, VA. JASNA’s national convention of Janeites gathers in Virginia to study Austen, share ideas, and meet friends, old and new. Only JASNA members are invited to attend.



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